Conservation status
Doing OK

Nocturnal and seldom seen, ruru is somewhat of an enigma. It's an echo in the night and an underdog when up against the showboating birds of the day. Team Ruru is representing for the night owls among us, and we will make sure ruru is seen plenty in this year's Bird of the Year competition.

Campaign Manager

Ben Gracewood

2020 has been a dark year full of anguish and torment. Sometimes it makes you just want to sit alone in the darkness, sing a melancholy song, and maybe murder something. That’s why ruru is the perfect bird for 2020: the beautiful, plaintive, silent midnight murder bird. Vote Ruru. Supported by @nzben and @themorgan 

A ruru looking menacingly at the camera